If you read my blog from early January, you could tell how enthusiastic I am about the newly discovered health benefits readily available from simply optimizing Vitamin D3. Truly I believe it’s NOT JUST ANOTHER HEALTH FAD! I believe this is the most remarkable medical discovery in my 40 years in the medical field.
In this blog I will explore unanswered questions about D. Later this month I will respond on the subject of possible side effects: Is there a dark side to Vitamin D? (Short answer—rarely. See disclaimer below.) But first, if you haven’t already read my first blog on Vitamin D, do so now so we can build on that foundation.
WHAT KIND OF CANCERS ARE PREVENTED BY OPTIMIZING VITAMIN D?
All kinds. Lowering cancer risk is a better way to say it, but this is the #1 reason that we should know about D. This vitamin actually works like a hormone when blood levels are optimum—fine tuning all the body’s functions, much like, for example, thyroid hormone does. So when your body is “tuned” with D, everything works better — less chronic fatigue, less chronic pain, less depression, etc. Most importantly the immune system is clearly better able to prevent infections and cancers. Not just skin cancer, ALL TYPES OF CANCER. This is vital for all of us, but even more for those with a personal and/or family history of cancer. These HIGH RISK individuals desparately need to optimize their D3.
WHAT KIND OF VITAMIND IS BEST AND HOW MUCH?
D3 is significantly more active and much more stable than D2. D2 is cheaper and often used in multivitamins, but it is clearly inferior. I recommend D3 and will discuss it exclusively from here on. How much D3 is enough? Adults over 90-100 lbs should start at 2,000 units daily. Those over 200 lbs start with 4,000 units. Elderly and dark skinned people may need more—especially if indoors most of the time. After taking this daily for three months, see your health provider and get a blood D level. (Be CONSISTENT. If you miss a day, double the dose the next day and make it up.)
WHAT BLOOD LEVEL IS OPTIMUM?
Common sense tells us to shoot for the peak biological level. This is the highest level you can get from the sun. This turns out to be 70 blood units. Therefore the usual recommendation is to get close to this—50-100 blood units is the goal. (My blood D level was 42 on 2,000 units of D3 daily. So I doubled it to 4,000 daily, and my blood level after 3 months was 80—perfect. Everyone is a little different. Work with your primary medical provider until your level is OPTIMUM.
ARE THERE OTHER NUTRIENTS THAT WORK WITH D3?
YES! If you are interested is optimizing bone growth and metabolism to prevent osteoporosis, magnesium and Vitamin K2 are critical to have in place. These enhance the deposition of calcium into the bone and not into the blood vessels where it could cause vascular disease. In fact high doses of calcium that are commonly recommended for osteoporosis can be dangerous without these balancing nutrients. D3K2 supplements are readily available now, especially in health food stores.
More on Vitamin D next blog!
Praying ALL HIS BENEFITS for you and yours!
Steven A. Smith, MD
If you are pediatric age, have kidney problems, are pregnant or nursing, or have glandular problems (endocrine), consult with your doctor prior to optimizing your Vitamin D3 intake. Be aware that most, but not all, practicing doctors follow practices similar to the above. If your doctor does not recommend Vitamin D3, get a second or even a third opinion.